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August 8, 2012 2:33:19 PM

I plan on getting a PC later during November or so. So I did some research and I came up with a build, using pcpartspicker.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e7TM

I do, however, have a couple of doubts regarding this setup.
1) Will there be any bottleneck in gaming performance?
2) Is the power supply good enough or too high? ( I might buy a part or two over the years)
3) Are there any alternatives to certain parts that could save me money? ( I would love it if there was a way to hit $1600 without compromising the performance.
4) How many years can this build last before I can't play the latest games smoothly at medium settings without upgrading any parts?


I plan to use this build for gaming, video editing, VFX editing, image editing and perhaps some 3D modelling too (mostly gaming though). I want to be able to play games at the maximum settings or even higher ( like using ENB series ).

Thanks :) 

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August 8, 2012 2:36:20 PM

Oh yeah, I plan to play all my games at 1920 x 1080
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August 8, 2012 3:54:11 PM

a very good monitor is the asus pa238q. sells for 229.99 normally. its a IPS display and im using the QR version right now (QR doesnt have pre-calibration, picture in picture, and a displayport cable) the QR is aimed more at regular users
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August 8, 2012 6:29:49 PM

It is an e-IPS panel. IMO, for $10 more, get the Dell U2312HM. It has a low input lag of around 1ms, which is very helpful for gamers.
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a c 237 4 Gaming
August 8, 2012 7:19:02 PM

For $460 on the MoBo / CPU combo, I'd get one of these for a gaming rig (HT does nothing for you in gaming)

Asus P8Z77 Pro w/ 3570k - $415
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

But again, you said video editing so that's where HT comes in handy and that's $80 more at $540

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The Noc loses out in performance, aesthetics and warranty to the Phanteks (5 year warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe...

Lose the tall toothy heat sinks and save $40 ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel 520 is a Tier 5 SSD (120 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Sync ONFi NAND) .... 46 % drop in performance from the Tier 1's

I'd suggest a Tier 1 for $200 - 240 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Toggle NAND include the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe, Patriot Wildfire, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Kingston HyperX 3K, OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G, Corsair Force GS and the non SF Samsung 830 and Plextor M3 Pro

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX Card

9.7 rating MSI Twin Frozr IV 670
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...

10.0 rating Asus 670 TOP
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

Drop the sound card, MoBo sound is more than adequate

Case has no USB 3 ports and is way outta line with the quality of your other components.

Corsair 500R ($120) w/ HX850 ($165) btw, despite what pcpartpicker says, ncix wants $212. If not going for maximim OS's , you can get away with the TX750

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|11-139-010^11-139-010-TS%2C11-139-009^11-139-009-TS

Id recommend a 120Hz monitor if ya can squeeze into budget if gaming is highest priority .... IPS panels however rule for image editing tho....and "not bad" gaming monitors. You'll have to decide which is more important.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u2312hm.htm

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The screen was tested using the chase test in PixPerAn, a good bit of software for trying to quantify differences in real terms responsiveness between monitors. As a reminder, a series of pictures are taken on the highest shutter speed and compared. The images above are the best case examples from the U2312HM with the overdrive (OD) function disabled and then enabled. When OD is turned off there is a more pronounced motion blur which is noticeable to the naked eye. It doesn't have any severe ghosting but the blur is certainly more obvious. When you enable OD the blur is reduced but there is still some minimal motion blur detectable. While the blurring is improved quite nicely, the OD impulse does introduce a bit of an overshoot in the form of a dark trail behind the moving car. This is caused by the aggressive application of an overdrive impulse, causing the pixels to change orientation too far before reverting to the desired position. This characteristic trailing can happen on screens where overdrive impulses are applied, where it is either too aggressive (to try and boost response times even more) or poorly controlled.

Like the U2412M, in the case of the U2312HM this is not too bad and should not prove a major distraction during normal use. We will look at the screens performance in more detail in a moment, but from a pixel response time point of view it is beneficial to have the OD function turned on (as it is by default). This was a very similar story to the U2412M which performed almost identically in these tests.
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August 9, 2012 3:10:13 AM

Hey...thanks for the awesome advice :) 
I upgraded the parts as you said, but then I realized that it was insanely expensive (including Monitor keyboard and mouse).

So I changed a few things. Looks pretty good so far, but are there any ways to get the price as low as possible?
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